Lucifer: 3.15 High School Poppycock
Lucifer is back after a two week break and this week's case flings Lucifer and Chloe into the life of high school drama when a popular young adult fiction writer, named Kathleen Pike, is murdered by her own vintage type writer. Pike's novels are about a class of high school students who graduate in 3001, and she had just fought through her writer's block and finished the final instalment before she was murdered.
The case links to the trouble of the main cast in two ways. the first is that Lucifer is himself experiencing somewhat of a 'writer's block' when it comes to figuring out how to kill Pierce (who is noticeably absent from this episode). He latches onto the case after hearing that the one and only manuscript has been stolen, and that Pike explains how she got over her writer's block in the afterword. Lucifer's lack of empathy for humans and lack of caring for solving cases for the sake of the victim/justice is getting a little tired. While it would be equally unbelievable for him to suddenly be the nicest person on the planet it often feels as if he has progressed very little. Sure on occasion he does some token nice gesture to one of his friends, usually Chloe, but most of the time he is almost exactly the same as he was at the beginning of the series, just as uninterested in the well being of humanity unless it is amusing and/or beneficial to him.
The second way in which the case links to the main cast is through Chloe. As a child actor she didn't get the 'High School Experience' because she was on set and therefore mostly had tutors. At the beginning of the episode Ella tries to convince Chloe to come on a girls night out, but Chloe rebuffs her saying she has too much work to do. But as she reads Pike's series throughout the episode she gets sucked into the teenage drama of it all.
When it is discovered that the books are based on the lives of people for Pike's fellow high school classmates from the class of 2001, Lucifer and Chloe resolve to go to the class' school reunion which is, conveniently, happening the next evening. At the reunion they split up to talk to the real life counterparts of the main cast of Pike's novels. At this point there is a flip of the usual dynamic of Lucifer dossing off and Chloe doing all the work as Chloe is bashfully enamoured by one of the people she is meant to be getting answers from. Whereas Lucifer is much more aggressive in his interrogation style, at least with the men, the women get his usual flirtatious treatment. This got my eyes rolling out of my head as it reminded me of the ridiculous amounts of queer baiting in this show.
It is eventually established that none of her old class mates have anything to do with Pike's death, and that they are all still wrapped up in their teen drama. leading Lucifer and Chloe to go after the loner who Lucifer was impersonating at the reunion. Turns out, not him either. So, after three false starts, they finally catch the killer, Pike's editor. His motivation, Pike's final book ended with everyone learning to accept each other and getting along, which he claimed would not go down well with fans as it was too boring.
He then also reveals that he burnt the manuscript, this leads to Lucifer loosing his cool, meaning that Chloe has to intervene for the suspects safety. But, of course, all is forgiven later when Lucifer throws Chloe a 'prom' after picking up on something she said earlier in the episode.
As someone who was very recently a young adult reader. this episode was a little uncomfortable to watch While I can appreciate that teen drama can seem ridiculous with hindsight, it is also cruel to mock it. I am not entirely sure it that is was this episode's aim was, but the way Chloe acted during her infatuation with the teenage life portrayed in the books was hardly flattering. Many people are still big fans of various media well into adulthood, and even though that media may not be generally considered 'adult' or 'good' that doesn't mean that being a fan of it is bad or something that should be ridiculed.
Then there is the fact that it is Lucifer, and not Ella, who benefits from Chloe's brief moment of nostalgia. Even though it is Ella who is always shown to be making an effort for people to be happy and get along, it is Lucifer, who maybe on occasion notices other people's feelings who invariably gets the benefits. It is really getting to the point that I would much prefer the show if Lucifer wasn't the main character; almost everyone else's stories are much more interesting.